Y: The Last Man
Matt Roush says...
If the nightmare scenario of this sci-fi thriller were actually to occur, I wouldn’t be here to tell you about it. Based on a comic-book series, Last Man opens on an alarming note when all of the world’s males with a Y chromosome—humans and other mammals—suddenly collapse and die, bloodily, leaving the world’s women once again to pick up not just their socks but all of society. This includes newly promoted Congresswoman-turned-President Jennifer Brown (the elegant Diane Lane), who doesn’t instantly realize there is just one male survivor: her own son Yorick (Ben Schnetzer), hardly a paragon of the species. This shaggy-dog would-be magician and escape artist struggles to survive in a ravaged New York City with his sidekick, the capuchin monkey Ampersand, who’s also male. Y—that should be why—is he apparently the last man standing? That and many other questions lurk in this provocative action allegory. The first three episodes are available for a mini-binge, with the remainder of the 10-episode season dropping weekly.